A wonderful visit with alumnus John King
Fork Union Military Academy alumnus John E. "Jack" King stopped by the campus this past week to visit the school he and his brothers attended as grade school students in the early 1940s.
Jack and his two brothers, Robert Norman King and Rodger Allen King, were part of the school's "junior school" as it was called then back when FUMA offered a wider range of grades. At one time, FUMA had cadets from 1st grade through 12th grade and postgraduates. The junior school cadets were housed in a separate barracks building and learned in academic classrooms in what is now called the Middle School Academic Building, next to the Middle School Barracks, located near the Estes Dining Hall. Both buildings were closed in recent years, as our 7th and 8th graders are now housed in the modern comfort of Jacobson Hall.
In the photos below, you can see the young King brothers standing next to the artillery piece that used to be displayed on the Middle School Circle. This "cannon" was regularly painted each year as a senior prank, but was lovingly restored and placed atop our Veterans Memorial in 1997. You can also see the ivy-covered walls of Hatcher Hall, as it appeared in the 1940s.